The Invention of Surgery

Review :

This was a fascinating read chronicling the history of medicine with a particular focus, towards the end of the book, on implants. Of particular significance is the fact that until recently, the last 120-150 years, the field of medicine was completely ineffectual. You had as much chance of recovering from a wound or sickness by not going to a doctor as you did by going to one. Slowly, as science made one discovery after another, the field advanced until today, conditions that only 50 years ago were considered a death sentence, are now considered nuisances. Congratulations to Dr. Schneider on a well researched, well written, and easy to read book.

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